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01/21/16
Trends in Technical Careers. Ebola membrane binding, thorium nuclear reactors, protein quaternary structures
Filed under: Position Searching, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 4:30 pm

Research leading to beneficial outcomes in chemically
related work is highlighted in this entry.  Each of them
provide opportunities whose long term value for
investors, for society and for technical careers is
not clear.  Nonetheless, it is a signature of this
blog to present such ideas.

EBOLA MEMBRANE PROTEINS BINDING
Ebola continues to strike humans as a resurfacing
public health risk in Africa.  GENEngNews carries
an article by Gail Dutton that describes epitope
mapping work leading to antibodies for potential
vaccines and therapies.

QUATERNARY PROTEIN STRUCTURE
What I appreciated about GENEngNews article on
proteins was the practical outcomes that 92% of
known studied structures are described by a classification
scheme, 4% of which appear to be misclassified.

Having a model now allows the development of simple rules
of possible assembly types and the mechanisms, pathways
and self-assembly influences.

Implications for bioengineering and for exploring non-
systematic observations are mentioned.  While much of
the above information is given in CEN of 12-18.  It would
be nice to see authoritative commentary on the model. and
the PubMed (free) link.  This is an example of interdisciplinary
work spurred by results of mass spectrometry studies.

THORIUM NUCLEAR POWER
There is a new series in Netflix that starts with global
warming leading to the EU to stop the flow of petroleum
and point out the development of Th nuclear energy.
The Economist talked about this recently.  Most
critical discussion I have discovered was in the comments
to the Economist article
that revealed the technological
roadblock, some attempts at remedies and suggesting
possible more successful nuclear energy fuel sources
might be developed.

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